By Alex Hemingway
Changes to personal BC taxes over the past year and a half — including elimination of Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums—mean the vast majority of households are seeing their tax bills fall while the richest one per cent are paying more.
This is good news for tax fairness in BC.
We are so lucky to live in this extraordinary province. With beautiful mountains, pristine wilderness, rivers and lakes, and wild coastline, we need to do all we can to protect this province we love and call home.
“Everything will burn, baby, burn . . .”– if we don’t take a bit of time and effort to make it as fire-resistant as possible.
Will someone please tell me what the hell is going on? Last October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a special report indicating that global emissions are still rising despite more than three decades of warnings. Now we’re on a path to a 3 to 5 C temperature rise above pre-industrial levels by 2100.
I’ve been amused, in past years, by signs posted here and there in Rossland that announce “WARNING: BEAR IN AREA.” I’ve suggested that the City should just post warning signs at the entrances to Rossland, announcing, “Rossland is bear country. Please do not freak out if you see a bear. Do not approach the bear. Remain calm and respectful and keep your distance.”
Environmentalists have come under fire lately from certain quarters. Questioning the motivation of environmentalists raises the question: What are they fighting for?
And the short answer is: survival.
It’s time for BC to follow the Maritime provinces and regulate gas prices to end gouging that has caused gas prices in Metro Vancouver to skyrocket, says a senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC Office.
To the Editor:
You may have heard in the news about a draft agreement on protecting BC’s endangered mountain caribou. Unfortunately, this recovery plan for herds in central BC has resulted in misinformed — and often racist — backlash.
Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has been researching and writing about the history and politics of water in the upper Columbia Basin since 2005.
By David V. Johnson, from Aeon